Campaigners protest decision to keep raise

This Is Wiltshire: Unison members stage a protest at County Hall Unison members stage a protest at County Hall

The decision to keep the allowance rise has been criticised by campaigners who protested outside the meeting on Tuesday and who labelled it “a sad day”.

Approximately 30 people gathered on the steps of County Hall before the meeting, including representatives of UNISON, the GMB and the Labour Party.

They were joined by Paul Gaunt, the Broughton Gifford businessman whose petition calling for the resignation of the cabinet was presented to the council with 2,673 signatures.

Speaking after the meeting he said: “This was a sad day, which demonstrates that the council is out of touch with the general public.

“This will continue to be an issue right the way through to the next election.

“People do remember when it comes to voting, and certainly I will remember.”

Some Wiltshire Council employees also joined the protest.

One said: “I appreciate that Jane Scott has rejected her pay rise but as a council employee I have had a barely-recognisable increase in the six years I have worked for them.

“I see my service being cut back all the time.

“We are trying to provide a good service with fewer staff, and there is incredibly low staff morale as well.

“I think there will be further protests.”

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12:12pm Fri 7 Feb 14

brasstacks says...

Jane Scott MUST be made accountable now for ALL the "decisions" that she and her "Cons-Cab" have made that HAVE reduced our County to a Poticially orientated Financial MESS...

I suggest she actually STAYS in County Hall and sorts it ALL out BEFORE she goes "out on the road to give talks" at Area Board Meetings and the like ?.....

Perhaps if she added up all the Agency Staff she pays for she will see what the rest of us have known for ages ??.....

Using "Agency Staff" costs MORE than keeping the Staff that have kept the Council going for years....

Jane Scott's bad decision on the Employment of 1 Senior Executive cost Wiltshire an awful lot of Tax Payers money.....

There is NO room now in Wiltshire for Political obsession...

The People come first NOT the Political Party.....
Jane Scott MUST be made accountable now for ALL the "decisions" that she and her "Cons-Cab" have made that HAVE reduced our County to a Poticially orientated Financial MESS... I suggest she actually STAYS in County Hall and sorts it ALL out BEFORE she goes "out on the road to give talks" at Area Board Meetings and the like ?..... Perhaps if she added up all the Agency Staff she pays for she will see what the rest of us have known for ages ??..... Using "Agency Staff" costs MORE than keeping the Staff that have kept the Council going for years.... Jane Scott's bad decision on the Employment of 1 Senior Executive cost Wiltshire an awful lot of Tax Payers money..... There is NO room now in Wiltshire for Political obsession... The People come first NOT the Political Party..... brasstacks
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11:55pm Fri 7 Feb 14

brandx says...

I understand a series of complaints are going in to County Hall regarding the conduct of some Conservative councillors at the meeting on 4th February. There was apparently barracking and jeering of speakers presenting the petition. This was then extended to a lady from the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Perhaps they automatically assumed she had come to criticise the increase in Members' Allowances - of who the main gainers were the Leader and Cabinet.

Whatever the reason it seems some councillors do not like the public taking up their democratic right to attend meetings and present petitions.

And to think that we, the public, pay for them to behave like this. Shame.
I understand a series of complaints are going in to County Hall regarding the conduct of some Conservative councillors at the meeting on 4th February. There was apparently barracking and jeering of speakers presenting the petition. This was then extended to a lady from the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Perhaps they automatically assumed she had come to criticise the increase in Members' Allowances - of who the main gainers were the Leader and Cabinet. Whatever the reason it seems some councillors do not like the public taking up their democratic right to attend meetings and present petitions. And to think that we, the public, pay for them to behave like this. Shame. brandx
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6:39pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Room101 says...

Democratic what a joke. I thought they were elected to serve us, another joke.
Democratic what a joke. I thought they were elected to serve us, another joke. Room101
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12:32pm Tue 11 Feb 14

brasstacks says...

Jane Scott should read the Wiltshire Council Policies on Bullying.....

We do NOT pay any Councillor to be Defamous and most certainly do not pay them to act like badly behaved children whose 'toys have been removed".....

Every day in the House of Commons, we are sadly treated to the most appalling and arrogant bad behaviour and which similarly raised it's head in County Hall last week...

The Conservative led Cabinet at W/C has NO intention of either learning or "leading by example".....the only thing they are all interested in is feathering their own finances and "image"....

The "image" that they all displayed and protrayed last week was disgusting and while they were jeering and heckling, in Wiltshire there were many worries for Youth Service Cuts, Nursery Cuts and Disabled Children Facilities Cuts.......

The List of "cuts" IS endless and has to be challenged as many times it takes to get the answers of ON WHAT all the Funding in Wiltshire has been spent by the current Cabinet.....

County before Politics, and People before Politics please.....ASAP
Jane Scott should read the Wiltshire Council Policies on Bullying..... We do NOT pay any Councillor to be Defamous and most certainly do not pay them to act like badly behaved children whose 'toys have been removed"..... Every day in the House of Commons, we are sadly treated to the most appalling and arrogant bad behaviour and which similarly raised it's head in County Hall last week... The Conservative led Cabinet at W/C has NO intention of either learning or "leading by example".....the only thing they are all interested in is feathering their own finances and "image".... The "image" that they all displayed and protrayed last week was disgusting and while they were jeering and heckling, in Wiltshire there were many worries for Youth Service Cuts, Nursery Cuts and Disabled Children Facilities Cuts....... The List of "cuts" IS endless and has to be challenged as many times it takes to get the answers of ON WHAT all the Funding in Wiltshire has been spent by the current Cabinet..... County before Politics, and People before Politics please.....ASAP brasstacks
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